the impact of aids

most lgbt movies you see recommended are rated r, sexually explicit, etc etc. while that’s honestly great to see and something i’m personally okay with, it leaves kids and people who DON’T want to see sex alienated.

*Please note that I have not seen all or most of these movies. I will be updating this list as I find more/watch unrated ones that can be placed here. Let me know if I missed any!

Last Updated: 5/4/17

thus, here’s a list of lgbt movies that aren’t rated r:

  • The Pearl of Africa, TV-14: “In this intimate documentary, Ugandan transgender woman Cleopatra Kambugu struggles and prevails as she lives in an actively transphobic environment.”
  • Jenny’s Wedding, PG-13: “When Jenny plans to marry her girlfriend, she decides it’s time that her family, who doesn’t know she’s a lesbian, finally learns the truth.”
  • The Out List, TV-PG: “Activists, entertainers, athletes and politicians are among those profiled in this thought-provoking portrait of notable LGBT personalities.”
  • Growing Up Coy, TV-PG: “Filmmakers follow a Colorado family’s highly public battle for the rights of their transgender daughter, Coy, in a landmark civil rights case.”
  • My Transgender Kid, TV-14: “Two British families discuss the challenges they face raising children who identify as a gender different from the one they were assigned at birth.”
  • Gayby Baby, PG: “This documentary follows four youngsters as they navigate the challenges of their preteen years, including society’s bias against their gay parents.”
  • Margarita with a Straw, TV-14: “An Indian woman with cerebral palsy decides to study in New York, where she becomes involved in a life-changing affair with a blind female activist.”
  • Who’s Gonna Love Me Now?, TV-14: “A gay London man faces a positive HIV diagnosis and a decision on whether to stay with loving friends or return to his estranged parents in Israel.”
  • Game Face, TV-14: “This documentary follows the struggle of transgender MMA fighter Fallon Fox and gay basketball player Terrence Clemens for acceptance by their sports.”
  • Kumu Hina, TV-14: “This year captures a year in the life of native Hawaiian transgender teacher Hina Wong-Kalu, who embodies mahu, a sacred spirit both male and female.”
  • Big Eden, PG-13: “Henry Hart returns to Big Eden and winds up confronting his unrequited passion for his high school best friend and his feelings about being gay.”
  • Rent, PG-13: “This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.”
  • D.E.B.S., PG-13: “Plaid-skirted schoolgirls are groomed by a secret government agency to become the newest members of the elite national-defense group, D.E.B.S.”
  • I Am Not Your Negro, PG-13: “The late black and gay writer James Baldwin is given new voice in I Am Not Your Negro. Director Raoul Peck offers viewers the opportunity to spend 90 minutes with Baldwin’s words — his interviews, manuscripts, and influences — which offer his honest and illuminating insights on race in America.”
  • I Can’t Think Straight, PG-13: “A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian.”
  • The World Unseen, PG-13: “A drama centered on two women who engage in a dangerous relationship during South Africa’s apartheid era.”
  • Caramel, PG: “A romantic comedy centered on the daily lives of five Lebanese women living in Beirut.”
  • You Are Not Alone, UR: “Two precocious boys explore their sexuality at boarding school.”
  • Bend it like Beckham, PG-13: “The daughter of orthodox Sikh rebels against her parents’ traditionalism and joins a football team.”
  • Camp, PG-13: “After a series of Broadway flops, songwriter Bert Hanley (Dixon) goes to work at a musical camp for young performers. Inspired by the kids, he finds an opportunity to regain success by staging an altogether new production.”
  • Chutney Popcorn, PG-13: “Reena is a young Indian American lesbian who lives and works in New York. Her sister Sarita, who is happily married, discovers that she is infertile. Reena offers to be a surrogate mother for her sister’s baby, hoping to improve her relationship with their mother, who disapproves of Reena’s sexual orientation. Reena has second thoughts when her girlfriend Lisa feels left out.”
  • The Family Stone, PG-13: “An uptight, conservative businesswoman accompanies her boyfriend to his eccentric and outgoing family’s annual Christmas celebration and finds that she’s a fish out of water in their free-spirited way of life.”
  • Saved!, PG-13: “When a girl attending a Christian high school becomes pregnant, she finds herself ostracized and demonized, as all of her former friends turn on her.”
  • To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar, PG-13: “Three drag queens travel cross-country until their car breaks down, leaving them stranded in a small town.”
  • Victor Victoria, PG: “A struggling female soprano finds work playing a male female impersonator, but it complicates her personal life.”
  • Far From Heaven, PG-13: “In 1950s Connecticut, a housewife faces a marital crisis and mounting racial tensions in the outside world.”
  • Philadelphia, PG-13: “When a man with HIV is fired by his law firm because of his condition, he hires a homophobic small time lawyer as the only willing advocate for a wrongful dismissal suit.”
  • Beautiful Daughters, TV-14: “In February, 2004, with the help of Eve Ensler and Jane Fonda, a group of transgender women put on the first all-transgender production of “The Vagina Monologues”, including a new monologue written by Ensler from their own experiences.”
  • Zorro: The Gay Blade, PG: “In 1840’s Mexico, wealthy landowner Don Diego Vega learns of his late father’s secret as Zorro, the masked folk hero, and Vega adopts his new persona. But when Vega is incapacitated by an injury, he asks Ramon, his very gay, long-lost twin brother (now calling himself ‘Bunny’), to replace him as the caped hero, who makes some drastic changes to his Zorro persona.”
  • We Think the World of You, PG: “An aimless young man, Johnny, is sent prison. He entrusts his beloved dog, Evie, to the care of his former lover and best friend, Frank. When he gets out of prison, he has to face difficulties at home. Added to this, is the fact that he may have to give up Evie to Frank.”
  • EDIT: Nina’s Heavenly Delights, PG-13: “A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father’s curry house.”
  • EDIT: The Color Purple, PG-13: “A black Southern woman struggles to find her identity after suffering abuse from her father and others over four decades.”

I’ve seen a lot of people lately implying or outright stating that our activism should focus only on ourselves, and that any issue that also impacts straight people isn’t our business. I disagree. There are a number of issues that aren’t directly related to our identities but nevertheless have an outsize impact on our community.

Strict gender roles. Youth homelessness. AIDS. Stigma against non-standard relationship structures. Incomplete sex education. Social pressure to enter into an m/f marriage. Invalidation of bodily autonomy for minors and the disabled.

Sometimes straight people do work on these issues, but their results are often only useful for the privileged. Expensive HIV medication doesn’t do much for trans women in poverty, and homeless shelters run by straight people are often unsafe for our youth.

I believe that focusing on community-specific efforts to the point where broader problems go unaddressed is counterproductive, and we should instead be looking for common ground with other groups in order to create solutions that work for everyone.

This isn’t a bad season.

This season is just edited so fucking poorly.

There have always been the telltale signs of elimination. A sudden sob story. Or any story. Way less camera time in the lip synch. A sudden snap into panic and self doubt

Charlie’s talking about the impact AIDS had on her life this week literally came from nowhere. A producer asked a question to prompt such a response from a queen in her 50s and the editors dropped he ball in making it come across as happening naturally.

The winning team getting no screen time beyond filming their part of the challenge? Not even to get feedback? Not even the winners getting any feedback at all?

Can they grab the UNHhhh editors and have them take a pass at the rest of the episodes of the season before they air please?
HIV Criminalization Is Detrimental to Public Health. It’s Time for the Law to Catch Up.
It was in the summer of 2015 that then–23-year-old Michael Johnson was sentenced to 30 years in prison for transmitting HIV. Since 1988, his home state ...

“There’s two big shifts over the last five or six years,” said Sean Strub, executive director of the Sero Project, a group that advocates for repeal. “One, the people in the LGBT community … have an understanding of what HIV criminalization is. It’s a general awareness of the phenomenon in the communities most directly affected.” He estimates that his organization has had over a thousand speaking engagements in the last half-decade.

“Second: The issue is increasingly seen in public health terms,” he said. “To be fair, there wasn’t a lot of hard evidence [until recently]. We now know that 25 percent of people with HIV in the U.S. know one or more individuals who are afraid to get tested for HIV for fear of getting criminalized.” That statistic is based on a Sero Project survey of over 2,000 people, designed to determine how the partners of people with HIV access health care. Their findings indicate that criminalization has a public health impact beyond people who already have HIV.

Yuri’s Welcome to the Madness v. the 90s

One of the major themes of Yuri on Ice as a show is the great potential that lies in figure skating as a means of self expression. Yuri’s Welcome to the Madness program is a wonderful example of the theme, serving as a furious and brash contrast to Yuuri and Victor’s more sedate and gracious Stammi Vicino that shows the truly large range of expression possible through figure skating.

However, I watched the whole thing with my jaw open because on a meta-textual level Welcome to the Madness is also a hilarious lampoon of the hyper-masculinity movement within figure skating of the late 80s and 90s.

Context: For reasons too complicated to get into: post-World War II, figure skating would be largely perceived as a feminine sport, women athletes were and still are more widely celebrated than their male counterparts in terms of recognition. In the past half a century figure skating has tried a number of time to “re-brand” itself in order that male figure skaters would not be emasculated for participating in the sport.

All this to say, that in the late 80s and 90s, male figure skating would make a particularly memorable push to disassociate itself with its feminine reputation, a strategy of emphasizing the masculinity and ‘macho-ness’ of individual skaters almost cartoonishly in commentary and promotional material. The most prominent examples would probably be Kurt Browning and Elvis Stojko.

Kurt Browning is four time World Champion and first skater ever to complete a quadruple jump in competition. He also came from rural Canada and was the son of a cowboy, a fact that has little to do with skating yet is impossible to escape from if you research him at all because it gets mentioned constantly. You can tell he’s a masculine heart throb because even his wikipedia picture has him wearing tight leather pants and looking slightly uncomfortable about it.

Elvis Stojko is a three time World Champion and two time silver Olympic medalist he is also the first skater to land a quad jump combination. He’s also a total dork who skated to the soundtrack of Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story during the Olympics because he’s a martial artist too! (it’s delightful, the commentators salivating how ‘epic’ the soundtrack to a Bruce Lee biopic is also wonderful)

It’s really apparent when listening to commentators or reading the promotional material surrounding these skaters that their identities as ATHLETES and STRAIGHT were basically shoved into your face as much as possible.

So, the distinction between ‘effeminate’ or ‘masculine’ skating had little to do with the skating itself and everything to do with arbitrary codifiers like an interest in more stereotypically masculine recreation activities or music choices leading to a radically different perception and marketing of the athletes within the media. Just listen to the commentators, like this skate where the commentator felt the need to start mooning about how Elvis is “so tough, physically and mentally.”

It’s worth remembering that the AIDs epidemic was going on at the same time and that the figure skating community’s reaction to the tragedy was mixed and complicated, especially when some were pushing for recognition for the fact that this disease was hitting the figure skater world particularly hard and others were doing everything they were to deny the idea that figure skating community was suffering from the impact of AIDs more than other sports.

I bring this all up in relation to Yuri and Welcome to the Madness because rock music and wearing tight leather pants was basically the epitome of what was pushed as the masculine ideal during the 90s in male figure skating.

(This is Elvis Stojko from an ice show recently because I couldn’t find any earlier pictures of him being a leather wearing bad boy, but it was a thing)

So here we have Yuri wearing everything that superficially would mark him as one of those skaters, and then he lowers his sunglasses and is actually wearing eye makeup and proceeds to tear the entire dichotomy down.

This is actually kind of a culmination of Yuri’s journey as an artist, since here he’s performing what on the surface is the anti-thesis of what traditional artistic skating is, there’s no ballerina here! He’s wearing LEATHER PANTS and SUNGLASSES and skating to ROCK MUSIC, yet as he skates he uses movements that are sexy in ways that alternate between traditionally masculine and feminine ideas of sexiness.

For example Stojko in his Van Halen routine also includes a dramatic slide at the end, but Yuri’s slide is pure Johnny Weir, whose own career suffered because his skating didn’t fit the mold of how a male figure skater should present and move their body.

I know that someone on the Yuri on Ice staff mentioned that they were inspired to have Yuri put together his own gala in a night because they heard of Misha Ge doing so, but many of the skates seem so carefully designed to transgress what it traditionally thought of as acceptable for male skaters in search of more fuller self expression through their sport and art that Yuri adhering to all the superficial codifiers of the 90s NO HOMO male figure skating while simultaneously getting his glove removed by the teeth of his male best friend strikes me as not entirely coincidental.

But how dark are we gonna get on “The Get down” becasue given the time period we could really dark?

Will Mylenes lfe be thrown into chaos when Disco falls..

Will we time jump to the start of the AIDs epidemic that greatly impacted the LGBT community? are we gonna see it through the eyes of Dizze or Thors eyes?.

Will we see how conservative America had a major hand if destroying disco?

Will anyone fall becasue of the crack epidemic? will we see how it basically destroyed entire communities and how govt had a hand in it. 

Will we see how traditional hip-hop was impacted by the emergence of gangster rap in the 80s?

So many places the show could go if it wanted to really go there..

the idea that progressive advancements in the public conscience are just going to Happen because of the Glorious Liberal Advanced West is just so empathetic and good is such idealist bullshit. like you know why 99% of these sub-saharan African countries are so harsh on LGBT people? let me tell you, it’s not because they’re Savages who need Western Enlightenment. quite the opposite in fact. it’s because the western church-state complex that continues to strangle much of Africa over a century later forced western ideas of morality on the places it colonized. the catholic church and various other christian churches continue to materially support the slaughter of non-cishet people in the African continent.

the Institute for the Science of Sexuality in Berlin was a center for the advancement of LGBT rights in the German Republic for 14 years until the Nazis destroyed it and burned its archives. LGBT people were mobilizing en masse in the 60′s and 70′s and began to make an impact on society, only for the community to be shattered by the AIDS crisis. the governments of the west, especially the reagan administration in the united states, did nothing as drug SGA men and trans women, especially ones who were PoC, were dying fast and horribly. all the while, LGBT people were being treated like pariahs because of the lack of a formal information campaign on how HIV/AIDS works.

this rant has been kind of bitter and rambling and incoherent, but just remember, especially considering the rising neofascist movements around the world, that history doesn’t move in a straight line. progress is not waited for. it is fought for.

anonymous asked:

what are some lgbt movies would you recommend and what's the summary?

Alright then! This might get a little long.. I can’t really write summary’s for shit, so imdb is my best friend. I’ll probably also add in some of my personal opinions and things, because why not? I only recommend movies I’ve actually watched, obviously. I’m gonna link the trailers to all of these. :)

First my personal all time favorites:

The Birdcage

A gay cabaret owner and his drag queen companion agree to put up a false straight front so that their son can introduce them to his fiancée’s right-wing moralistic parents.

Touch of pink

A gay Canadian living in London has his perfectly crafted life upset when his devoutly Muslim mother comes to visit.

Were the World Mine

A bullied and demoralized gay student at an all-boys school uses a magical flower derived from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ to turn many in his community gay, including a comely rugby player for himself.


The story of Harvey Milk, and his struggles as an American gay activist who fought for gay rights and became California’s first openly gay elected official.


When his college dreams are sidelined by family obligations, a young man finds comfort in surfing with his best friend’s brother.

Imagine me and you

A newlywed bride becomes infatuated with another woman, who questions her sexual orientation, promoting a stir among the bride’s family and friends.

Boy culture

A successful male escort describes in a series of confessions his tangled romantic relationships with his two roommates and an older, enigmatic male client.

The Normal heart

A gay activist attempts to raise HIV/AIDS awareness during the early 1980s.

Prayers for Bobby (get your tissues out!!!)

True story of Mary Griffith, gay rights crusader, whose teenage son committed suicide due to her religious intolerance. Based on the book of the same title by Leroy Aarons.


This is the film version of the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning musical about Bohemians in the East Village of New York City struggling with life, love and AIDS, and the impacts they have on America.

Brokeback mountain

The story of a forbidden and secretive relationship between two cowboys and their lives over the years.

Latter days

A promiscuous gay party animal falls for a young Mormon missionary, leading to crisis, cliché, and catastrophe.

..Then a bunch of movies I would totally recommend:

Fucking Åmål (i couldn’t find a trailer with english subtitles.)

Two teenage girls in small-town Sweden. Elin is beautiful, popular, and bored with life. Agnes is friendless, sad, and secretly in love with Elin.

Saving face

A Chinese-American lesbian and her traditionalist mother are reluctant to go public with secret loves that clash against cultural expectations.

Better than chocolate

Two attractive young lesbians, Maggie and Kim, meet in Vancouver, develop a passionate romance, and move in together. Meanwhile, Maggie’s well-meaning but naive mother Lila gets divorced and decides to move to Vancouver and join the household. Soon after, Lila is befriended by Judy, a transsexual about to undergo a sex-change operation. Complications ensue as the conservative Lila learns the truth about Maggie, Judy, and their diverse group of friends.

Itty Bitty Titty Committee

High School grad and all American gal, Anna finds her purpose and herself after she hooks up with the radical feminists in The Itty Bitty Titty Committee.

But I’m a Cheerleader

A naive teenager is sent to rehab camp when her straitlaced parents and friends suspect her of being a lesbian.

Kyss mig

Young woman engaged to be married finds herself in an affair with her stepmother’s lesbian daughter.


A coming-of-age drama about a former child actress attending college in search of independence and who ends up becoming romantically involved with a female professor.

I Can’t Think Straight

A 2008 romance film adapted from a same name novel about a London-based Jordanian of Palestinian descent, Tala, who is preparing for an elaborate wedding. A turn of events causes her to have an affair and subsequently fall in love with another woman, Leyla, a British Indian.

Habitación en Roma

A hotel room in the center of Rome serves as the setting for two young and recently acquainted women to have a physical adventure that touches their very souls.


A pre-operative male-to-female transsexual takes an unexpected journey when she learns that she fathered a son, now a teenage runaway hustling on the streets of New York.

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

A transsexual punk-rock girl from East Berlin tours the U.S. with her band as she tells her life story and follows the former lover/band-mate who stole her songs.

Velvet Goldmine

In 1984, British journalist Arthur Stuart investigates the career of 1970s glam superstar Brian Slade, who was heavily influenced in his early years by hard-living and rebellious American singer Curt Wild.

J’ai tué ma mère

A semi-autobiographical story about Xavier Dolan as a young homosexual at odds with his mother.

Do Começo ao Fim (I just like to watch this pretending that they’re actually not related.. They’re half brothers.)

Two brothers develop a very close relationship as they are growing up in an idyllic and happy family. When they are young adults their relationship becomes very intimate, romantic, and sexual.

North sea, Texas

A teenage boy’s search for love finds him fixated on a boy who lives nearby.

Dream boy (it’s like brokeback mountain with teenage boys, so get your tissues out!)

Chronicles the relationship between two gay teenagers in the rural south in the late ’70s.

Bridegroom (this is actually a documentary)

Shane Bitney Crone’s plans to marry Tom Bridegroom in California after the same-sex marriage law is passed takes a tragic turn when his partner of six years accidentally dies and Tom’s family refuses Shane from attending the funeral.


After a drunken house party with his straight mates, Russell heads out to a gay club. Just before closing time he picks up Glen but what’s expected to be just a one-night stand becomes something else, something special.

Save me (this movie is a little boring, but it has some good moments)

A sex and drug addicted young man who is forced into a Christian-run ministry in an attempt to cure him of his “gay affliction”, where instead he is faced with the truth in his heart and spirit.

Another Gay Movie (this movie is so absurd, you just have to see it)

Four gay high school friends make a pact to lose their virginity before they go to college.

Make the Yuletide Gay (this a christmas movie, and it’s really funny, but the boys hardly touch each other during the whole movie which is a bummer)

Olaf “Gunn” Gunnunderson, an out-and-proud gay college student, crawls back into the closet to survive the holidays with his family.

So here’s a few movies to entertain you. You’re welcome!

Why James Corden sent 297 copies of an old Tom Hanks movie to Trump

(“The Late Late Show with James Cordon."CBS)
In an effort to teach President Donald Trump about the importance of HIV/AIDS research, "The Late Late Show” host James Corden has sent 297 copies of the 1994 Oscar-winning, Tom Hanks-starring movie about a man with AIDS, “Philadelphia,” to the president.

Corden said he sent the DVDs to Trump in reaction to the recent news that six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS have resigned because, in their view, Trump “simply does not care” about the HIV epidemic.

The “Late Late Show” host admitted that until he saw the acclaimed, tragic movie from the late director Jonathan Demme, he was unaware of the impact of HIV/AIDS. 

“I was thinking, maybe that’s the problem. Maybe Donald Trump doesn’t care because he’s never seen ‘Philadelphia,’” Corden said. “In fact, I’m almost certain that’s probably what it is.”

After the White House rebuffed Corden’s proposal to send one copy of “Philadelphia” to Trump, Corden and his staff decided to buy up every DVD of the film they could find online — 297 copies — and send them to Trump’s Florida estate Mar-a-Lago.

“We hope that if Trump watches 'Philadelphia,’ he’ll understand two things,” Corden said. “One, Tom Hanks definitely deserved that Oscar, and number two, we hope that he’ll realize that HIV and AIDS is something that you or any president of the U.S. or any world leader for that matter can never afford to ignore.”

Watch the segment below:

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Queen's Brian May reveals Freddie Mercury lost foot during Aids battle

Queen guitarist Brian May has spoken of the impact Aids had on Freddie Mercury – revealing the frontman lost most of his foot as he battled with the disease.

May said he is “sure” that Freddie would still be alive if a combined drugs therapy had arrived “just a few months” sooner.

The flamboyant singer was just 45 when he died of bronchial pneumonia resulting from Aids in 1991.

Brian May (Dominic Lipinski PA Wire/PA Images)

Speaking to the Sunday Times magazine, 69-year-old May said: “The problem was actually his foot, and tragically there was very little left of it. Once, he showed it to us at dinner. And he said, ‘Oh Brian, I’m sorry I’ve upset you by showing you that’.

“And I said, ‘I’m not upset, Freddie, except to realise you have to put up with all this terrible pain’.”

The guitarist said Mercury did not want to discuss his condition with the other members of the band initially – but they were aware of the gravity of his illness.

Freddie Mercury on stage (PA/PA Archive/Press Association Images)

He said the “magic cocktail” of drugs – which means HIV and Aids is no longer considered a certain death sentence – came too late for his band mate.

He added: “He missed by just a few months. If it had been a bit later he would still have been with us, I’m sure.

“Hmmm. You can’t do ‘what if ‘ can you? You can’t go there because therein lies madness.”

May was speaking ahead of a release of his book Queen In 3-D which contains a series of snapshots of the legendary band from their formation in the 1970s through to the present day.

Gay America: Sex, Politics and The Impact of AIDS

Bobbi Campbell, left, originally from Seattle, became the first person living with AIDS to come out publicly after he became the 16th person to be diagnosed in San Francisco with the still unnamed disease. He co-authored a safer-sex manual called “Play Fair,” and died in 1984.

Newsweek, 1983

The “truths” of AIDS are often posed as objective, detached assessments, the “truths” about AIDS carry with them the marks of their own allegiance and empire. The “spread of AIDS”, the “protection of public health”, the “foreign threat of AIDS”, the “social impact of AIDS” all bear moral imprints that interpret the epidemic even as they “describe” it. Any analysis of AIDS must therefore consider not only the official “truths” but also the moral and cultural predications that make those “truths” possible.
—  Ethics in an Epidemic, Timothy F. Murphy


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Stop what you’re doing cuz I’m about to ruin the image and the style that you’re used to…

My topic is focused on the impact of drag ball culture in Harlem and Baltimore during the AIDS crisis. I am still struggling to come up with my exact question but I know I want to focus on gender and sexuality presentation. (Disclaimer: i am writing this and doing research at the same time so this is more of a stream of conscious post) I spent two hours looking for different newspaper articles in the Afro-American on the LGBTQIA+ community as well as AIDS. I have not found much using keywords such as “transgender” “gay bar” “drag ball culture” “drag” and “black drag”. I changed my keyword search to “homosexual” and “transvestite” and although I did not necessarily find things on drag balls, I found some interesting things on their experiences. For example, there was an article that talked about gay men and trans (M to F) women being placed in women’s jails. 

I came across an article in City Paper on the recent closings of gay bars in Baltimore. Within the article, it discussed how black members in the LGBTQIA+ community navigated these “safe spaces”. It sort of peaked my interest on how black LGBTQIA+ interacted within spaces in the community or were erased. I’m not sure if I’m eloquently expressing my ideas but I think I’m basically saying what was black LGBTQIA+ life and social gatherings like during the AIDS crisis. Also, I would like to focus on lesbians, gays, and transgender people although all identities are important. I’m going to watch Paris is Burning tonight to understand more of drag ball culture which in itself is a black, primarily homosexual practice. 

I think since I want to compare Harlem and Baltimore (probably more specifically Mt. Vernon), I’ll look at the major people in the documentary as an intro to navigating the issues in Harlem.